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The BLS reports the median annual wage for architects dipped slightly in 2012 to $73,090. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $118,230, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $44,600. To earn a salary on the higher end of this spectrum, you should consider Beaumont, Texas, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Bridgeport, Conn., which are the three metropolitan areas where the highest-paid in the profession work.

Job Salary Year
2004 $66,030.00
2006 $69,620.00
2008 $79,670.00
2010 $75,550.00
2012 $78,690.00

Average Architect Pay vs. All Creative Jobs

The average architect makes a salary that's fairly comparable to the other Creative Jobs on our list. For example, an architect's mean salary, $78,690, is just about $16,000 less than what the typical art director makes, yet it is about $17,000 more than the median salary of a PR specialist.

Job Name Salary
Art Director $80,880.00
Architect $73,090.00
Public Relations Specialist $54,170.00

Best Paying Cities for Architects

The highest paid in the architect profession work in the metropolitan areas of Beaumont, Texas, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Bridgeport, Conn. The Lancaster, Pa. area also pays well, as does the city of Montgomery, Ala.

Beaumont, Texas

Average Salary: $116,960 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an architect working in Beaumont, Texas is $116,960, which is $43,870 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average Salary: $113,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an architect working in Santa Cruz, Calif. is $113,840, which is $40,750 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bridgeport, Conn.

Average Salary: $113,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an architect working in Bridgeport, Conn. is $113,050, which is $39,960 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lancaster, Pa.

Average Salary: $104,620 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an architect working in Lancaster, Pa. is $104,620, which is $31,530 more than the average pay in the profession.

Montgomery, Ala.

Average Salary: $101,930 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an architect working in Montgomery, Ala. is $101,930, which is $28,840 more than the average pay in the profession.

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